EU Call for Proposals: Civil Society Organizations as Actors of Governance and Development Work in the Field – Malawi


Deadline: 3 December 2018

The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for a program entitled “Civil Society Organizations as Actors of Governance and Development Work in the Field – Malawi” to promote a meaningful and structured participation of CSOs in domestic policies of partner countries.

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The objective of this call for proposals is to increase the participation of CSOs in tackling climate change and mitigating its adverse effects.

Program Lots

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The program is divided in to two lots:

  • Lot 1 Promote livelihood activities of the communities surrounding protected areas through enterprise development to alleviate poverty and mitigate the impacts of climate change on the lives of community members (making communities more resilient)
  • Lot 2 Promote the sustainable management of waste to enable the transition to climate-resilient, lowemissions, circular economy

Size of Grants

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Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • Lot 1
    • minimum amount: EUR 400,000
    • maximum amount: EUR 800,000
  • Lot 2
    • minimum amount: EUR 300,000
    • maximum amount: EUR 615,250

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lead applicant
    • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
      • be a legal person and
      • be non-profit-making and
      • be a Civil Society Organisation or an Association of CSOs and,
      • be established in a Member State of the European Union, in a country of the European Economic Area, in Malawi or in another EU partner countries, as follows:
        • developing countries that are included in the list of recipients of ODA established by the OECD/DAC including countries and territories falling within the scope of Council Decision 2013/755/EU on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union (‘Overseas Association Decision’) and excluding:
          • beneficiaries listed in Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 231/2014 establishing an Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II),
        • countries that are signatories to the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, including South Africa;
        • countries eligible for the European Development Fund;
        • countries eligible for European Union funding under the European Neighbourhood Instrument established by Regulation (EU) No 232/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council (the ‘European Neighbourhood Instrument’) including the Russian Federation.
      • ‘For British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. Unless sector-specific eligibility rules provide otherwise, if the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, applicants will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible to participate) or will be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 12.2.e) of the grant agreement’.
      • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the coapplicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
    • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations.
  • Co-applicant(s)
    • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
    • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.
  • Affiliated entities
    • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies).
    • Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to coapplicant(s):
      • Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
    • This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:
      • Control, as defined in Directive 2013/34/EU on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
        • Entities affiliated to an applicant may hence be:
          • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
          • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
          • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).
        • Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association) as the proposed affiliated entities.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant must be submitted at the address given on the website.

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